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Ophthalmology

A Communnity Ophthalmology (eye care), service for patients aged 16 years and above is provided by Community Health and Eye Care (CHEC), a consortium of consultant ophthalmologists and optometrists.

About the service

The service gives patients access to specialist assessment and treatment in the community from locations such as GP and optometry practices to reduce the need for patients to go to hospitals for eye appointments. It helps patients with a variety of needs including (but not limited to)

  • Flashes and floaters

  • Red eye

  • Dry eye

  • Raised pressures

  • Stable glaucoma monitoring

  • Chalazion

  • Papilloma/skin tag

  • Watery eye

  • Eyelid conditions (Ectropion and Entropion)

The service also supports cataract patients, providing the option of several accredited optometrists and ophthalmologists for pre and post-operative cataract visits from a number of convenient locations across Hertfordshire. CHEC manages cataract referrals and carries out the necessary approvals before making the onward referral to the patient’s choice of provider for the procedure.

Accessing the service

Patients can be referred into the service by their local GP, optometrist or hospital consultant. This direct route means  that patients' care can be progressed more quickly.  Once referred into the service patients are assessed and then booked into community clinics or where necessary to a hospital eye service of the patient's choice. 

Clinics

Clinics are delivered from a GP practice or from optometrist practices who are accredited to deliver some aspects of the service such as tests and examinations.

GP Clinics

St Albans & Harpenden

Highfield Surgery, Jacob Court, 61 Russet Dr, St Albans

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm

Watford & Three Rivers

Sheepcot Medical Centre, 6 Cunningham Way, Watford

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm

Dacorum

Highfield Surgery, Cambrian Way, Hemel Hempstead

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm

Hertsmere

The Red House Surgery, 124 Watling Street, Radlett

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Accredited Optometry Practices

St Albans & Harpenden

Paul Adler Optometrist, 41A Abbey Avenue, St Albans

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

St Albans & Harpenden

St Albans Eyecentre, 1A Leyton Road, Harpenden

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Watford & Three Rivers

Boots Opticians (INTU), 147 The Harlequin, Watford

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm

Watford & Three Rivers

Specsavers, 86-88 High Street, Watford

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Dacorum

David Pressman Opticians, Marlowes Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Dacorum

Specsavers, 252-254 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

Contact and other information

You can contact Community Health and Eye Care in the following ways:

Telephone: 01772 717167 

Email: info@communityeyecare.org.uk

You can find out more about Community Health and Eyecare by visiting their website www.communityhealthservices.co.uk  

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